Postdoctoral Position – City University of New York

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Remote Sensing of Coastal Environments
City University of New York

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the City College of the City University of New York has an opening for a full-time postdoctoral research associate. The successful applicant will join a multi-disciplinary, multi-institution, NASA-funded research team that focuses on better understanding the role of tidal wetlands and estuaries in coastal carbon cycling, and the potential responses and services of coastal wetlands in a changing climate. By integrating advanced remote sensing observations of coastal environments, including wetlands, tidal systems, and aquatic environments with new mechanistic carbon cycling modeling, this research effort will improve understanding of key carbon exchange processes at the land-ocean interface, and examine human-wetland-ocean-atmosphere interactions. This is a joint research effort with NASA, NOAA, USGS, the Smithsonian Institution, Pennsylvania State University, University of Maryland, University of Delaware, University of Florida, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and the Department of Energy. Partnering with relevant stakeholders from EPA, NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System, and the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the project will also enhance existing capabilities of using remote sensing and modeling tools for adaptive resource management.

The position requires a PhD in Environmental Sciences, Engineering, or similar field, and expertise in remote sensing data analysis and algorithm development. The successful candidate will participate in studies that involve refined retrievals of near-shore biogeochemical variables from ocean color satellite imagery (e.g., SeaWiFS, MODIS, MERIS, VIIRS), and advanced remote sensing characterization of tidal wetland area extent, vegetation communities and inundation regimes using satellite and aircraft remote sensing data (e.g., Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) datasets, ALOS PALSAR, PALSAR-2, SENTINAL,SMAP, Landsat, ASTER, UAVSAR). They will also have the opportunity to be involved in preparation efforts and field activities for NASA’s future satellite missions, including PACE, GEOCAPE, HyspIRI, and NISAR. Highly motivated candidates with strong interest on interdisciplinary research at the land-ocean-atmosphere interface are particularly encouraged to apply.

The post-doc will work closely with Professor Maria Tzortziou (CCNY and NASA/Goddard) and Professor Kyle McDonald (CCNY and NASA/JPL), and will also have the opportunity to interact closely with other members of our multi-institutional team. The position is for two years, beginning as soon as it can be filled, with the possibility of renewing for three or more years depending on performance and funding.

Applicants should send their (i) full CV with complete publications list (accepted, in press, and in-review), (ii) statement of research interests, and (iii) contact information for 3 references to Dr. Maria Tzortziou (maria.a.tzortziou@nasa.gov). Application review will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

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